Corning develops germ-proof smartphone glass
After making scratchproof glass for smartphones and tablets in past years, Corning is now working on making its famous Gorilla Glass resistant to germs and glare as well, a tech site reported.
Mashable said Corning is adding anti-reflective and anti-microbial technology to further protect the touchscreens of mobile electronic devices.
"Corning is working to invent a cover glass that can kill both drug-resistant bacteria and drug-resistant viruses," it quoted Corning senior vice-president and operations chief of staff Jeffrey Evenson as saying at the MIT Technology Review Mobile Summit 2013 last June.
Evenson said Corning started its work on anti-microbial technology for the health care industry, but eventually realized a bigger market for the successor of Gorilla Glass.
Mashable noted germ-fighting screens would be good news for any consumer as recent studies indicated cell phones have more germs than a toilet seat, kitchen counter, a pet's food dish, checkout screen and doorknob.
Also, Evenson said Corning is working on anti-reflective glass to counter screen glare.
"It's going to make sunlight reading much, much easier," Mashable quoted Evenson as saying. — TJD, GMA News